HOW TO GET YOUR CREATIVE MOJO BACK
It’s been a couple of months since I popped into the YCS blog so I wanted the first post of 2018 to be all about getting your creative mojo back.
Everywhere I look I see blog post after blog post telling me how to write better goals for the new year. But what I can’t seem to find is any tips and advice on how I can get my creative mojo back.
And it seems I am not the only person struggling with this coming into 2018 because a few of you have sent me messages and comments on Instagram, as well as emails, asking for the same help.
You see, last year was huge for me. Jason and I built and moved into our dream home. I gave birth to my baby boy Dusty. We had our engagement party. I launched a podcast. And I worked damn hard to make sure every single one of my clients was happy with the work my team and I produced for them.
It was therefore no surprise that I found myself truly and utterly spent the week before Christmas. But then family flew in from around Australia and we had a two-week family festival in Noosa, the Gold Coast and Byron – lunches, cocktails, events, day trips, adventures and lots of eating. And when January 1st rolled in I still felt absolutely spent. And I sure as hell wasn’t ready to start back at work again.
So I had to get thinking - how can I get my creative mojo back, and fast? Read on to find out how I did it.
Surround yourself with the right people
Without a doubt, surround yourself with people who have that new year creative mojo you’re missing. Their positivity, good vibes and energy is just what you need to feel happy and creative again! I made sure to organise lunch dates, coffees and workouts with my favourite people who had that new year glow I so desperately needed. And it certainly rubbed off.
Switch off from your emails
If you are checking your work emails during the holidays, there is only one person to blame for your mojo slump – you. Do what I did; I logged off my emails on my computer and phone, and I didn’t even think about looking at them until I was officially back at work this week.
Get physical everyday
Exercise is a non-negotiable part of my daily routine and it doesn’t stop on weekends or on holidays. It makes me feel happy, energised and motivated – three of the things you need to get your creative mojo back! I have found the key to keeping me interested in exercise is mixing it up. Everyone is different but I love F45 for their high intensity cardio and weight sessions, hot pilates because I sweat like nothing else and I feel like a strong, warrior woman every time I walk out of class, I love walking and running with Dusty in his pram, and swimming in our local 50m pool because it’s that perfect high cardio and low intensity blend, which I adore. This Christmas, I even bought myself a FitBit so I can track steps, calories and sleep. It’s a game changer!
Go on a mini vaycay
I am lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, Noosa Heads. People pay a lot of money to holiday up here and I just feel so lucky the beach is just a quick 5-minute barefoot walk from our house. But what I’ve noticed is that I still need to travel – even if I do live in paradise! Last week, we spent a few days in tropical Port Douglas and it was just the thing I needed to give me my creative mojo back. As soon as I stepped out into the saltwater lagoon at the Sheraton (where we were staying) with a cocktail in my hand, the stress and the heavy weight over my shoulders lifted and I felt supremely wonderful. Hello creative mojo, welcome back!
Words by YCS Director, Jaharn Giles